“2011 Hyoseok Culture Festival”: The festival will be held from Sept. 9-18 in Bongpyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang County in Gangwon Province, to commemorate modern Korean writer Yi Hyo-seok and his popular novel “When Buckwheat Flowers Bloom.” The novel depicts the connection between human life and beauty of nature through the beautiful scenery of Bongpyeong, the home town of Yi. The festival includes programs such as poem exhibition, literature night, Hyo-seok essay contest, nature experiences (e.g. fingernail coloring using balsam) and buckwheat food cooking. Visitors can tour Yi’s birthplace and memorial hall. For more information, visit www.hyoseok.com.
Poster of Hyoseok Cultural Festival (Hyoseok Cultural Festival Committee)
“Busan International Travel Fair”: The Busan International Travel Fair will take place at BEXCO in Busan from Sept. 2-5. Korea’s local government bodies will introduce Korea’s provincial tour resources and culture. The Travel Industry section’s participants include local government bodies and travel industries. The International Exchange section’s participants include international companies, cities, and foreign government bodies. Visitors will have access to a variety of information. The center stage in the exhibition hall will hold cultural performances from all over the world, and also show promotional images. A photo exhibition showing Korea’s major tour sites will also be on display along with souvenirs. Admission is 2,000 won for adults. Visit www.bitf.co.kr.
“2011 Icheon Ceramic Festival”: Icheon, boasting 1,000 years of history in ceramic arts, will hold the famous “Icheon Ceramic Festival” from Sept. 24 to Oct. 23 at the Seolbong Park in Icheon, Gyeonggi Province. Visitors will see a variety of Korea’s finest ceramics such as cheongja (celadon porcelain), baekja (white porcelain), and Buncheongsagi (grayish-blue powdered celadon). Highlights include the ceramics excavation program, and a workshop in which visitors can draw their own artwork on slightly heated pottery. Hot springs are located nearby as well for good relaxation. For more information, visit www.ceramic.or.kr.
“The 14th Seoul Fringe Festival”: The 14th Seoul Fringe Festival will be held in the Hongdae area in Seoul through Aug. 27, offering visual art, theater, dance, music and multimedia. The event aims to promote the capital’s underground arts scene. While indoor art performances will be held across 31 theaters and clubs, outdoor performances will take place at around Hongik University Station on Subway Line Two and alleys, parks and playgrounds in the Hongdae area. Indie band Mimi Sisters created a logo song “Because of Fringe” which they will showcase on Aug. 11 for the opening of the festival. While outdoor events are free, tickets for the indoor shows are priced between 5,000 won and 20,000 won. For more information, visit www.seoulfringefestival.net/eng.